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Old 09-11-2013, 10:18 AM
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first elk hunt in utah

Guys, I am going on my first elk hunt in utah.. Hunting the north slope. I am going with another member on here who is swapping a hunt with me. I don't want to bug him to death with all my questions, and I like to get others advise as well. Will be hunting after the rut. I am not sure the elk habits and routines(I have only whitetail hunted in Tn and IN) what is the best way to hunt these buggers in the brush? Have heard that after the rut they do not always respond to calls, and you can't quite sneak up on them. Any advise or ideas would be great lol
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:31 AM
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Re: first elk hunt in utah

Do as much reading and research as you can. One good resource is www.elkcamp.com. The guy who runs that site has 3 books out that you can buy from his website and download on your computer. They are great reads for any elk hunter, from beginner to experienced. That should be a good start. Good luck and welcome to the addiction!
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:04 AM
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Re: first elk hunt in utah

Thanks, that has some great info in it!
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:47 PM
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Re: first elk hunt in utah

We spend a lot of time glassing and observing. It can be a bit boring so I do it alone or with my outfitter buddy. Most hunters run and gun. We sit, watch, plan, and tag. Might work for you too.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:05 PM
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Take Brents advice. Well said.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:49 PM
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I have never had the chance to glass all day while hunting. It sounds nice and relaxing to sit there and look for elk or other wildlife, I'm sure if you don't see anything for several days it may get boring. lol I have heard from other older gentleman that the older and slower they get, the more elk tags they fill. I'm very excited to go, I figure at the worst I will have a great time, and If I shoot something that is just a bonus.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:56 AM
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Re: first elk hunt in utah

LOL, I think you called me old and slow! : )

Well, there is more to it I suppose. I mean, you kinda gotta look in the right spot. I like to glass morning and evenings, afternoons are fine too but less active.

Some things to think about. Morning and evening I like to glass feeding areas and travel corridors. Afternoons I glass bedding areas. That one is tough as the elk tend to lay in cover on north slopes. I might hike to several spots on the mountain to glass the areas I may want to hunt the following day. Glassing like this very well mean you are not hunting that spot that day. It might be too far and you may have to hunt that animal the next day. However, undisturbed elk tend to stick to the area and you have a great chance of tagging, it just takes time. If you are in area that has fresh sign be mindful of the wind. It flows down in the early morning and switches around 0900 to up the mountain. I have watched plenty of hunters get to a saddle at first light that is used daily. They get there and let all that stink go right to the elk. Cracks me up.

Some of the best outfitters and guides I work with are in the best shape. They prepare for the, "Well, it's time to go!", momements and your plan is in put in high gear.
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